Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
Region 4
Stream Management
Erwin Hatchery
Raceways and Hatchery Truck
Stocking and Regulations
Erwin Hatchery
Erwin Trout Hatchery is located within the city limits of Erwin in Unicoi County, Tennessee.  The facility was originally constructed in 1950 for baitfish and trout production.  Earthen raceways were added in the 1960’s, which were replaced with concrete raceways in 1978.  Erwin Hatchery is actually a trout rearing facility.  Trout hatched at Buffalo Springs Hatchery are transported to Erwin as fingerlings, where they are then reared to stocking size.  It is situated on an 11-acre urban site of which approximately 7 acres have been developed.  The facility’s water supply consists of multiple artesian springs (~30 small springs and Love Spring).  It has 14 outdoor concrete raceways, a hatchery building, and a manager’s residence.

     The mailing address for the facility is:

    Erwin State Fish Hatchery
    Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
    475 Banner Springs Road
    Erwin, TN 37650
    Telephone: (423) 743-4842

              Three full-time employees operate the facility:

Corey Jones, Hatchery Manager
Ricky Hollifield, Tech. II
Caleb Marshall, Tech. I

In 2013, 128,109 rainbow trout weighing 40,161 pounds were reared and stocked from Erwin Hatchery.  Erwin typically supplies trout for Wilbur Reservoir, Fort Patrick Henry tailwater, and about 21 upper east Tennessee streams.